I feel stupid even asking this question, but I have had this program for about 3 days, and I have 2 issues. 1, I can't add the record date info under summary to multiple clips at the same time. I can add it to a custom field and tag that field by date under Log Notes. However, that leads to problem 2, I can't search or narrow the field of clips by looking for a date.
I realize that the metadata itself has the date the files were shot coming out of my camera, so that may render problem 1 unnecessary, but why then can i not search a date and get any results?
I feel like I am missing something here as this seems really basic to me, and most of the work I do is based upon gathering a lot of broll and sorting by the date it was shot. I am however teaching myself here, so there has to be some user error going on. Please help!
The Record Date on the Summary tab is actually the date of recording, or rather the camera clock date, if it was set properly and is available in the file you imported. (Many formats, including DV, P2, XDCAM, Exif stlls etc. embed the camera date, and CatDV will try to extract that and populate the Record Date field, but of course if you transcode or rewrap the raw footage before importing into CatDV that information is likely to have been lost.). I think we were planning to change the field name to Camera Clock to make this clearer but I don't think we got round to doing that yet.
If that field is filled in I don't know why you can't search on it. If you do an advanced query you can select Record Date (RD1) from the drop down and then search between two dates, within so many hours of a particular date and time, and so on. You can also search on the Date field (DT1) which is set to either the record date or the file modification date if no record date is set.